Netflix will release Anne, its adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, next month, but this week, the streaming service gave viewers a taste of the series backed part-way through by a track from Philadelphia-based orchestral pop-rock outfit Tutlie.
The track, titled “Sky in Your Bones,” comes from the band’s debut album, Young Cries, which saw a release way back in 2014. But for pianist and songwriter Jessie Radlow, 26, the timing was just about perfect.
“That song is so old, and I really grew to hate it,” Radlow, a Fishtown resident and founding Tutlie member, says. “See this trailer, it really brought this song that I really once loathed to life. It was the perfect setting for the song to be in.”
Netflix’s version retells L.M. Montgomery’s 1908 coming-of-age novel, which is set in the 1890s on Prince Edward Island. The novel — and the series — centers around protagonist Anne Shirley, a young orphan who is sent to live with a brother-and-sister pair following an abusive early childhood. The video version of the story takes advantage of that setting with shots of wide-open, rolling fields and visuals as ornate as Tutlie’s baroque rock.
Initially formed as a two-piece in West Chester about six years ago, Tutlie has since evolved into a full band, consisting of members Radlow, Rebecca Katz, Greg Diehl, Asher Brooks, Mark Cruttenden, and Greg O’Neil. Currently the group is working on their sophomore release, which will serve as a followup to Young Cries, at Hi5 Recording here in Philly.
Netflix’s use of “Sky in Your Bones,” Radlow says, has also helped in that arena. Initially planned as an EP, Tutlie now plans to expand the release to a full-length album thanks to the money the band received from the streaming service, which is good, because its been a long time coming.
“It’s great because we’ve been playing these songs out for while now,” Radlow says. “I wrote this album probably in a span of two years, way before Young Cries came out.”
Tutlie currently has no live dates scheduled in order to finish recording the release, which is a conceptual album. The group plans to finish recording tracks at the end of April, Radlow says.
Netflix’s Anne, meanwhile, will see a release on May 12. In the meantime, you can stream Tutlie’s "Sky in Your Bones" below: